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Dangerous and Close: Fracking Puts the Nation’s Most Vulnerable People at Risk

Cover of report "Dangerous and Close - Fracking Puts the Nation's Most Vulnerable at RiskMore than 650,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade children in nine states attend school within one mile of a fracked oil or gas well, putting them at increased risk of health impacts from dangerous chemicals and air pollution.

The finding comes from a new study (see PDF) by Environment America Research & Policy Center that exposes the proximity of fracking near schools, hospitals, day care centers and nursing homes, risking the health of our children and other vulnerable populations.

“Schools and day care centers should be safe places for kids to play and learn,” said Rachel Richardson, director of Environment America’s Stop Drilling program and co-author of the report. “Unfortunately our research shows far too many kids may be exposed to dirty air and toxic chemicals from fracking right next door.”

Using data provided by the oil and gas industry and state regulators, Dangerous and Close – Fracking Puts the Nation’s Most Vulnerable People at Risk found that:

  • 1,947 child care facilities, 1,376 schools, 236 nursing care providers and 103 hospitals are within a one-mile radius of fracked wells in the nine states examined.
  • More than 650,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade children attend school within one mile of a fracked well.
  • The highest percentage of children attending school close to fracked wells is in West Virginia, where 8 percent of children spend their school days within one mile of a fracked well.
  • Texas has the largest number of children attending school close to a well, with 437,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade students attending public or private school within one mile of a fracked well.

The report included data from nine states total including Arkansas, California, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia.

Bibliography:
Elizabeth Ridlington, Frontier Group; Rachel Richardson, Environment America Research & Policy Center; Kyle Ferrar, FracTracker Alliance
Dangerous and Close – Fracking Puts the Nation’s Most Vulnerable People at Risk
Published Fall 2016

Download report:
https://www.indybay.org/uploads/2016/10/29/ea_dangerous_scrn.pdf

See also:

Report: Children and the elderly at risk from “dangerous and close” fracking
by via Environment America, Saturday Oct 29, 2016

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